Côteaux de Tupin 2019
AC Côte-Rôtie, Maison Stéphan, 750 ml
A great wine from the Côte-Rotie! The Serine has an "open-hearted" scent of black cherry, cocoa and peony. On the palate, the aromas are again dark-fruited and reminiscent of blackberries, blue plum and pimento. A spicy wine that flows over the palate with a lot of density, velvety and a certain liveliness. Decant it before drinking and it will reveal itself with even more finesse. A delight with noble venison.
|Origin:||France / Rhône / Côte Rôtie|
|Ripening potential:||2 to 8 years|
|Serving temperature:||16 to 18 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Rabbit ragout with olives, Wild specialities, Wild fowl|
|Maturation:||in small barrels|
|Maturation duration:||24 months|
Jean-Michel Stéphan has vinified more than 30 vintages of Côte-Rôtie and is one of the true masters of natural winemaking (vins naturels) in the northern Rhône region. His wines have a vibrant purity that makes them unmistakable, characterised by a balance of energy and transcendence that stems from his vision of making impeccable wines without any additives.
The forgotten grape variety of Côte-Rôtie
Rhône: northern power, southern charm
The Rhône’s source is in Valais, and it flows into the Mediterranean 800 kilometres to the south. In the last 200 kilometres of its course, it is lined with vines which yield a range of red crus that are among the most prestigious wines in the world – for example, on the spectacular cliffs of the Hermitage Mountains, or in the gravelly terraces of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The river valley, however, is also a rich source of characterful white wines and affordable, high-quality, everyday red wines.
France – Philosophy in a bottle
According to French philosophy, wine should be an expression of the soil and climate. They use the word “terroir” to describe this. Terroir makes every wine different, and many especially good. French wine is regarded worldwide as an expression of cultural perfection. The French believe that humans are responsible for the quality of the berries, the vine variety for their character, and nature for the quantity. This philosophy can be expressed succinctly as: “the truth is the vineyard, not the man.”